As the Northern Hemisphere spring approaches, the condition of winter crops across Europe and North America is fast becoming a major market focus.
This is especially pertinent after an extremely cold weather system swept across both continents in mid-February.
In Europe, the winter has been marked by three distinct cold spells.
The third – and most pronounced – of these occurred in the second week of February, and several regions experienced double-digit sub-zero temperatures.
In the process, some areas registered the lowest minimum temperatures experienced in the past 50 years.
But minimal frost damage is expected in areas that lost snow cover – due to warmer conditions ahead of the cold spell.
The February cold snap affected the biggest…